Just not ready

Sunday, November 24, 2013

I have proven to myself that I am simply not ready for the freedom of Weight Watchers, even though I have had a good deal of success on it in the past. By taking away the barriers and allowing myself to eat anything (but not everything) I want as long as I count for it I have just simply eaten Fiber One brownies and bagels. As a result, for the 3 weeks I was on it, I gained 6 lbs. Not the direction I was planning on. At the same time, I simply cannot go back to Medifast as just looking at the packets makes me want to eat bagels. A lot of bagels. And graham crackers. Etc.

So I have been researching different approaches to eating. I have seen that the most current and scientific research suggests low carb eating is the way to go. I found one program called Belly Fat Cure that intrigues me, so I am going to follow it for a week and see how I feel about it. It is low carb, similar to Atkins, but not a ketosis program - unless, of course, you decide to make it one. On this program you count sugar grams and carb servings. You are allowed 15 grams of sugar from all sources, including vegetables. Who knew that broccoli had sugar? And you are allowed 6 carb servings. A serving of carbs is as follows: 5 - 20 is one serving, 21 - 40 is 2, 41 - 60 is 3, and so on. Under 5 is not counted, even though there may be sugar that has to be counted. For instance, a 2 large stalks of celery have only 4 carbs (not counted) but 2 grams of sugar, which is. Likewise, 2 slices of Ezekiel bread (without raisins) has no sugar but 28 carbs (2 servings). Pair the bread with 2 Tbsp of almond butter (2 sugars, 7 carbs) and I am still at 2 carb servings.

It sounds a little complicated, but once you get the hang of it it's not. Three days in, I am 2 lbs down. I make sure that I get in as many carbs as are allowed so that I don't go into ketosis - I don't want to be swinging back and forth 3 pounds all the time while going in and out. If I want to be in ketosis, I can just eat 5 carb servings and keep it there.

I am feeling good on this program - my head is clear, my stomach doesn't hurt, my bowels are fairly regular and I don't have the horrendous gas that Medifast food gives me. I am eating real food. I am not eating wheels of cheese at a sitting or pounds of bacon - the Atkins stereotype. I eat vegetables. I can eat fruit if I want to work it in. I eat bread. I can have dark chocolate and wine. I can have a handful of walnuts (good fat, no sugar and 4 carbs for 1/4 cup). I do have to look things up, but I only have to count to 15 and 6. That's all.

I will check in on Wednesday and report how it is going. I am just so tired of binging and feeling bad both physically and mentally. I can't turn myself loose on the food world, but I can count to 15.
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